In a crucial match in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Guinea managed to secure a 2-2 draw against their hosts, Malawi, in the final round of Group D.
First Half Drama
The first half of the match saw Malawi take the lead with a goal from Robert Saizi in the 23rd minute. However, Guinea quickly responded, with Aguibo Camara finding the net in the 56th minute.
Second Half Thrills
The second half continued to deliver excitement as Saido Sow scored Guinea’s second goal just two minutes later, in the 58th minute. But Malawi wasn’t ready to give up, and Lawrence Chazia scored the equalizer for Malawi just two minutes before the final whistle.
Naby Keita’s Absence
Notably, Guinea played without their star and captain, Naby Keita, who was exempted from the current camp after Guinea secured qualification for the Nations Cup.
With this draw, Guinea’s national team collected 10 points, securing the fourth-place position in Group D, which was led by the Egyptian national team with 15 points. Malawi’s national team ranked third with 5 points, followed by the Ethiopian national team with 4 points.
Mozambique Edges Past Benin
In another thrilling encounter, the Mozambique national team defeated their guests, Benin, with a score of 3-2 in Group Twelve.
Joao, Guema, and Celso Piquete scored for Mozambique in the 27th, 31st, and 90th minutes, respectively. Meanwhile, the Benin national team managed to score two goals in the 20th and 50th minutes, with Steve Meunier converting a penalty kick and Goodwill Dossault finding the net.
Group Standings in Group Twelve
Following this victory, Mozambique elevated their score to 10 points, securing the second-place position, while Benin’s score halted at 5 points, placing them in third place.
Exciting AFCON Qualifiers
These matches showcased the excitement and competitiveness of the AFCON qualifiers as teams fought for their spots in the upcoming tournament. With every goal and result carrying significant implications, the journey to AFCON continues to be filled with thrilling moments and surprises.